The 2017 Classic Lions Team has been announced. Notable highlights are:
Sean Lamont was capped 105 times for Scotland becoming only the second Scottish player to reach 100 caps. He was first capped in 2004 and announced his retirement from international rugby at the end of the 2016/2107 season.
He started his club career with Rotheram (2000/2003) before moving to Glasgow (2003-2005). From 2005 to 2009 he played for Northamton where he scored four tries against Saracens. In 2009 he moved to Wales to play for Llanneli and finished his club career back in Scotland where he played for Glasgow from 2012 to 2017. He scored 70 points for Scotalnd and 320 points in his club career.
He is currently a coach with the Scottish Rugby Academy
Mike Ross was first capped in 2008 when Ireland toured the United States & Canada and went on to play 61 times for his country, retiring after the 2016/2017 season. He was also capped 13 times for the Irish Wolfhounds. His club career started with Munster in the 2005/2006 before moving to Harlequins where he gained a huge reputation for scrummaging which saw him play 84 times for ‘Quins from 2006 to 2009. His final club was
Leinster, playing 151 times from 2009 to 2017. He played in two Rugby World Cups, won two Six Nations, two Heineken Cups, one Challenge Cup and two Pro12 titles in a glittering career.
Marcus Horan, a Munster legend, where he played on 225 occasions from 1999 to 2013, scoring 120 points. He was first capped for Ireland in 2000 and went on to win 67 caps up to 2011 while he was also capped 15 times for Ireland A.
He was part of the Ireland’s Gram Slam team in 2009 and played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He won two Heineken Cups with Munster in 206 & 2008 as well as the Magners League in 2010/2011 . Tomas O’Leary was a first class hurling player in his youth before concentrating on rugby joining Munster in 2005 where he played on 127 occasions up to 2012. He then joined London-Irish from 2012 to 2015 before rejoining Munster for the 2015-2016 season. His final club was Montpelier where he played for the 2016/2017.
He was first capped for Ireland during the 2007 tour to Argentina and went on to play 24 times for his country up to 2012. He was part of the 2009 Grand Slam team as well as winning two Heineken Cups with Munster. A number of injuries curtailed his international and club careers and in 2009 he was selected for the Lions tour of South Africa but broke his ankle just weeks before the tour started.
Gavin Kerr was capped 50 times from Scotland from 2003 to 2010. His main club career was with Leeds where he made 103 appearances from 2001 to 2006 while he also had spells with Border Reivers and Edinburgh. He joined Sales Sharks in 2007 and retired after the 2010 season.